Innovation Partnership Zones
Collaborate, innovate and succeed.
Collaboration and innovation are the dual roads that lead to success in the marketplace. Recognizing the power of partnering with like minded companies and individuals, Washington has launched Innovation Partnership Zones (IPZ) around the state.
Businesses wanting to do business here have the option of locating in one of these zones, which offers a unique environment that brings research, workforce training and private sector businesses together in close geographical proximity to create new companies, products and jobs.
IPZs are set up by cluster, including aerospace, clean energy, global health, medical devices, interactive media, water management and even wine and hospitality. Each IPZ is sited to take advantage of the region’s pool of talent, resources and entrepreneurism.
For businesses, IPZs can be a smart business move. Each IPZ offers university researchers who work closely with their private sector partners to develop prototypes, incubate start-ups, develop critical training programs and pool best practices in order to blaze new trails in innovation.
If your business is interested in being involved in one of the 15 Innovation Partnership Zones around the state, contact one of our Business Recruitment, Retention and Expansion team members to discuss IPZs and how your business can be located in one. Wondering what makes an IPZ click? Learn more here. Got a general question about IPZs in Washington State? Call (206) 256-6100 or email for information.
2013 IPZ Designation – The Formal Application Process will be Released in late Spring
Does your jurisdiction have the capacity to develop and support an IPZ?
Find out by reviewing the documents below. We also encourage you to check out the current IPZ business plans and the 2010 and 2012 IPZ Legislative Reports.
- Designation Information Timeline_2013 (timeline/due dates)
- IPZ Designation Application (Part 2)
- 2013 IPZ Threshold Application
- 2013 IPZ Criterion (Should legislative changes be made to the statute in the current legislative session, the criterion may be revised at time of application release.)
- IPZ Facts Table (current descriptions of IPZs, their industry focuses, and partners)
- IPZ statute RCW 43.330.270
- MOUTemplate Example
- IPZ DesignationQA Frequently Asked Questions
The application process includes securing a significant number of partnerships. We encourage you to begin to identify and build those partnerships as soon as possible.
IPZ Legislative Reports
2012 Report (pdf format)
2010 Report (pdf format)
IPZs and Business Plans
To view IPZ business plans (they will open as PDF files), click on the IPZ location (bold blue text) below.